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Zoning: Akeredolu sends strong message to APC

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Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has sent a strong-worded message to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), asking that the party should declare its position on zoning its 2023 presidential candidate.
According to Akeredolu, the next president must come from the southern part of the country.
This, the governor said, was the reason why the party zoned its national chairmanship position from the north to the south.
He condemned the refusal of the leadership of the APC to announce to aspirants that the presidential slot would be for the south in 2023, stressing that “it will be disingenuous for anyone to argue against rotation at this period.”
Akeredolu argued that while adhering to the spirit and letters of the laws guiding conduct of elections and succession to political offices, political expediency dictates that “we must do nothing which is capable of tilting the delicate balance against the established arrangement which guarantees peace and promotes trust.”
The governor recalled that the leadership of the party adopted the principle of rotational representation during the just-concluded convention.
In a statement on Tuesday, Akeredolu maintained that, “this is the time the leaders of the party must make a categorical statement, devoid of equivocation, on the pattern of succession.”
Akeredolu expected the APC to limit the propensities for disagreement to a region for possible micro-management, stating the need to avoid self-inflicted crises before the general elections.
Without mincing words, the Ondo helmsman posited that, “It is the turn of the Southern part of the country to produce the next President.”
He stressed that the APC leadership should not have any difficulty in making that pronouncement, the same way just it fixed various fees for the purchase of forms.
He added the statement on zoning of the presidential ticket to the south must be done without delay, maintaining that the principle of Federal Character is enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.
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How Aspirants Are Using APC Presidential Declaration To Negotiate Senate Tickets

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Several of the aspirants vying for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC are using the platform to also make a stake for the Senate, TATTLENG.COM has learnt.

Senator Godswill Akpabio who declared his intention on Wednesday for the presidency, it was learnt, could also use the platform to successfully negotiate to be Senate President in the event that someone from outside the South-South zone gets the presidential ticket.

The only other contender for a principal officer position with him is Senator Francis Alimikhena who is also fighting the political battle of his life with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.Oshiomhole had a month ago while celebrating his birthday declared his interest in the senate. He, however, has met stiff resistance from Senator Alimikhena who is determined to return to the Senate with the dream of vying for the office of Senate President or any other prominent position that could come to the South-South.Declaring his intention to bid for the Senate then, Oshiomhole had said:“It is true that for quite sometimes, many of our people have asked me why don’t you contest for the Senate and I said first APC has crisis, let us fix the crisis, let there be convention because you cannot begin to discuss what kind of baby you are going to have when you are not married.“Our leaders from the six local government areas have gathered here today to say I should contest and I believe that with your support, we will get there,” he had declared last April.However, with the rough battle at home in Edo North, Oshiomhole like Akpabio and some other contenders for the presidential ticket of the APC, it was gathered has decided to show strength at the national level by declaring for the presidency with the Senate being a soft landing.TATTLENG.COM gathered that the bid by these presidential declarants fits in with the Villa cabal who in the next few days up the chorus for a consensus with those heeding the call being given Senate tickets and other positions.Send   

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Tension Mounts In Akwa Ibom Over PDP Ward Congress

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Palpable tension is gripping the mainstream of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Akwa Ibom State over issues arising from the just concluded election ward congress of the party with the state leadership apprehensive of the prospects of the cancellation of the exercise.

Some of the party aspirants especially the governorship aspirants and their supporters had during the exercise raised allegation of disenfranchisement and election irregularities.

It could be recalled that Governor Udom Emmanuel had denied the allegations that the party disenfranchised anyone during the ward congress, insisting that those complaining never went to their ward centres.The tension was further flamed last Monday when some youths staged a peaceful protest to the Akwa Ibom State Secretariat of the PDP at Atan Offot, Uyo to lay complaints and express dissatisfaction over the conduct of the election of Ad-hoc delegates in the state.TATTLENG.COM even gathered that some aspirants and chieftains had immediately petitioned the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Party in Abuja, and demanding  the cancellation delegates election.Also, there was widespread speculation among supporters of the various aspirants that the dates for the party primaries would be extended to enable the party address the grievances.But the statement by  the electoral umpire on Thursday May, 5, 2022 warning that political parties that failed to conduct their primaries for the nomination of their candidates beyond June 3, 2022, risks disqualification seemed to have dashed that hope.The INEC stance on the political parties primaries deadline may have even worsened the tension in the state chapter of the party as some chieftains declined to comment on the development.The tension among the supporters of the governor in the PDP who went away with victory during the ad-hoc delegate election flows from what was described as the avalanche of petitions from Akwa Ibom State bordering on irregularities in the conduct of the congresses. Reacting to the situation in the state a source privy to happenings in the party simply told TATTLENG.COM in confidence: “The complaints you are hearing are expected. It is normal in every contest. Even if Umo Eno does not pick the PDP ticket, only one person among all of them aspiring will pick it. For me whoever emerges, I will support the person. It is not a do or die affair.”Send   

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2023: Abia: APP knocks PDP, zones guber ticket to Abia north

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The Abia State chapter of the Action Peoples Party (APP), has resolved to zone its gubernatorial ticket to Abia North Senatorial district of the State.
It also specifically micro-zoned the deputy governorship slot to the people of Umunneato of Abia Central Senatorial district, while the people of Ukwa from the Abia South district will occupy the position of the Speaker in the State legislature.
But the opposition party has also knocked the State ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over alleged misrule and bad governance.
The Abia State Leader of the party, Mascot Uzor Kalu said this on Friday in a statement made available to newsmen in Umuahia, capital of the State.
Kalu also affirmed that the party has a working document on the zoning of the Abia governorship seat that will last for the next 20 years.
He also said the APP, which is on a rescue mission in the State, has come to free the suffering people of the State from the PDP-inflicted shackles of bad governance.
TATTLENG recalls that Kalu was former Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji representing Abia Central Senatorial district and had contested and lost in the last by-election to represent the Aba North and Aba South Federal constituency in the House of Representatives.
However, in his political move, he said, “the formation of APP is based on equity, justice and fairness, as these basic ideologies compelled the leadership of the party in Abia State to make clear pronoucement on its zoning arrangements.
“APP is coming to rescue Abians in 2023. It is important we support them to succeed. It is a party of equity, justice and fairness”.
2023: Abia: APP knocks PDP, zones guber ticket to Abia north

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